Dortmund Fans Toss Tennis Balls in Protest

Dortmund players attempt to clear the pitch of tennis balls

Protests against high ticket prices marred Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win at Stuttgart in the German Cup as the traveling fans pelted tennis balls onto the pitch at the Mercedez-Benz Arena.

Dortmund fans were incensed by ticket prices for the away team which cost £55, with the cheapest seats going for £30 and standing tickets at £15.

The club’s “Kein Zwanni” fan group unfurled a banner that read Fussball muss bezahlbarsein, or “football must be affordable,” while most supporters boycotted the first 20 minutes of the DFB Pokal clash. The protest comes at the back of a similar incident in England on Saturday where Liverpool fans walk-out of their home game against Sunderland in protest at ticket prices.

The referee was forced to suspend the match at some point with the players helping remove the tennis balls from the pitch. It was a good night nevertheless for the traveling supporters as Borussia Dortmund won the match 3-1 to reach the semifinals of the competition.


German international Marco Reus, fired Dortmund ahead in the fifth minute but the hosts pulled level through Lukas Rupp in the 21st minute.

Gabonese, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, restored Dortmund’s lead with his 30th goal of the season in the 31st minute, before setting up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score the third late on.

They were joined in the semis by Werder Bremen who claimed a 3-1 success at Bayer Leverkusen. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez fired Leverkusen ahead with a 22nd minute penalty but the visitors drew level through Santiago Garcia just after the half hour mark.

Claudio Pizzaro converted from the spot in the 42nd minute to give Bremen the lead before they put the game to bed with a Florian Grillitsch goal in the 82nd minute.

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